The Bill of Rights 

Ten Amendments in Eight Motets

Music by Neely Bruce


Text from various historical sources, edited by James Madison


Learn more about Neely Bruce, and get information on booking a performance of this work.

UPDATE - Scroll down for new files for Amendment 19


This page presents files to be downloaded and played by singers who are preparing to sing in the Constitution Choir, the name given to each group that assembles to sing this work.


Notes for using the files to rehearse your part:

  • 1. To get started, for each movement, listen to the SATB file to get an overall feeling for the music.  Better yet, listen to each movement on SoundCloud several times to hear an actual performance : https://soundcloud.com/neelybrucemusic  This will help you to associate the text with the piano rehearsal file, and to hear and see the musical phrases.
  • 2. Each vocal part is recorded as a solo file, so you can hear your part without the other parts.  Some parts don’t start until several measures into the movement, so a period of silence may preceed your first entrance.  To make the rehearsal process more efficient, mark down the minute/second time for entrances and problem spots.
  • 3. Once you identify which sections of each movement need more practice, focus on those measures instead of always playing the whole file.
  • 4. Optional - To self-assess your  progress in mastering the pitches and rhythms, try singing with the “music minus one” files.  For example, sopranos can play the file “first-amendment-minus-soprano”, and it will play all the parts EXCEPT the soprano part, requiring the singer to know the part well.  Apply this technique to your part.  Don’t be frustrated if these minus-one files are a challenge.  You can always go back to the Soundcloud performance or the SATB piano file for reinforcement.
  • 5. These files are more rigid in tempos than real performance, so even if you know your part, following the conductor is always necessary.


If you have problems or questions about using these rehearsal tracks, feel free to contact me.


Richard Hicks




The First Amendment

SATB

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Second & Third Amendments

SATB

SATB -slower-tempo

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Fourth Amendment

SATB

SATB-slower-tempo

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Fifth Amendment

SATB

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Sixth Amendment

SATB

SATB-slower-tempo

SATB-slowest-tempo

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Seventh & Eighth Amendment

SATB

SATB-slower-tempo

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Ninth Amendment

SATB

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Tenth Amendment

SATB

SATB-slower-tempo

SATB-slowest-tempo

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The Nineteenth Amendment

SATB

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass

minus-soprano

minus-alto

minus-tenor

minus-bass


The first 44 measures (only) of the 19th Amendment have been recorded at a slower tempo and posted below to help singers to learn this section.

SATB

solo-soprano

solo-alto

solo-tenor

solo-bass